Primary Insurance to Cover Drone Pilots Worldwide
Belleville, MI: On [25 JAN 2017], the International Drone Racing Association (IDRA) will launch
the first primary UAV Aircraft Liability Insurance policy to cover drone pilots worldwide.
Included with the rollout of IDRA’s membership service, each IDRA member will be insured,
with a US$1,000,000 UAV Liability coverage limit including operations for Recreational Use, UAS
training for competitions, and Racing/Competitions around the world.
“Since 2015, we have wanted to offer memberships to the association; however, it was a
necessity to ensure that our memberships carried value and were useful for the member,” said
Justin Haggerty, the Founder and CEO of IDRA. “An IDRA member should be able to explain why
he or she is a member, even if it is free. It was clear that our first membership service should be
a primary liability-insurance to drone pilots around the world. We worked hard to find the right
insurance provider and underwriter that supported our goal to offer the lowest possible cost in
respect to the designed policy. In short, our goal was achieved. The IDRA team and I are excited
to provide UAV Aircraft Liability insurance to protect our members as we continue to grow the
To lower costs for annual memberships and design a policy that best fits individual needs, there
are three categories of memberships, determined by the quantity of drones owned and to be
insured. Nevertheless, each policy provides US$1,000,000 UAV Aircraft Liability per occurrence.
$165 – 2 Drones
$215 – 3 Drones
$265 – 4 Drones
IDRA can structure policies on an individual basis, for those members who wish to insure more
than 4 drones. It is important to state that this IDRA Insurance Policy does not cover the
commercial use of drones, only to fly recreationally, train for competitions, and compete in
events. In the insurance industry, commercial drone policies are designed on an individual basis
to correlate with the risk associated with the commercial operation, such as Commercial Aerial
Compliance with Regulations
Pilots must adhere to IDRA Rules & Regulations, which includes our Safety Manuel, and comply
with government regulations to be covered for liability claims.
“We want to establish a culture of safety and compliance within the drone community,” said
Justin Haggerty, the Founder and CEO of IDRA. “We believe that IDRA’s insurance and
membership service will help achieve that goal. Auto insurance is the same way, a driver who
runs a red light will not be covered for liabilities, because he or she failed to comply with traffic
safety laws and regulations.”
Event Liability Insurance
Additionally, IDRA will offer Event Liability Insurance to race organizers around the world (not
excluding other types of drone related events). IDRA event insurance, available at $200, is a $2
Million policy for liabilities. Our team worked hard to get the cost down to best match the
available budget of smaller race organizers. With IDRA event insurance, the event will operate
with our Rules & Regulations, Safety Manuel, and Risk Assessment to ensure a safe and
“To grow the sport, IDRA needs to help and protect individual race organizers,” said Justin
Haggerty, the Founder and CEO of IDRA. “Race organizers, like startup manufactures, are the
small businesses of our sport and have the most direct relationship with pilots. It is through
partnerships with smaller race organizers, that IDRA has the opportunity to introduce new
people to the technology and grow the community.”
About our IDRA Aviation Insurance Broker: AVION Insurance is an aviation insurance specialty
broker that has been placing and servicing aviation insurance risks for over 30 years. AVION has
earned a superior reputation of negotiating optimal terms of our clients, strengthened by our
strong relationships with every major underwriter in the industry.
About IDRA: The International Drone Racing Association (IDRA) is a for-profit association
founded on the belief that competition drives innovation, and that drone racing is the next
evolution of robotic competition. IDRA believes in growing this awesome new industry by
organizing historic drone racing competitions such as the California Cup, North America Cup,
Challengers Cup and the World Drone Prix. The IDRA’s core mission is to grow this amazing
community of tinkerers, dreamers, and innovators.
About Drone Racing: UAS/Drone racing is a worldwide sport that utilizes Unmanned Aircraft
Systems (UAS) and Virtual Reality (VR) technology to allow a new breed of innovators to
compete on the international stage. There are roughly 100 drone competitions in the U.S.
annually and 200 worldwide competitions, highlighted by the World Drone Prix in Dubai that
awarded the first ever $1 million, to a 15-year- old from the United Kingdom, in 2016.